wnol.info January 19 2018

Kremlin says no positive shift yet on Russia-US ties

January 19 2018, 05:35 | Irvin Gilbert

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson is greeted by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday.

The United States and Russian Federation on Wednesday both presented souring views of the relationship between their two countries, exchanging sharp words as Moscow extended an icy welcome to the United States' top diplomat in a face-off over Syria.

Putin told an interviewer on Russian state television on Wednesday that relations between the two countries have deteriorated this year since Trump took office three months ago. But he said it was an open question where relations go from here.

Lavrov described the talks between the secretary and Putin as "substantial" and "very frank".

Tillerson said both nations would set up a "working group" to seek ways to ease tensions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow has no intention to shield anyone responsible for the latest chemical attack in Syria.

Still, Washington is not standing in the way of an investigation.

Could Syria have launched the chemical weapons attack with Russia's advance knowledge?

As a refresher, these words come amid an investigation into the scope of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and what, if any, connection Trump's campaign staff and transition team may have had with the country as the meddling occurred.

In 2013, as a businessman, Trump advised former US President Barack Obama not to strike Syria after a sarin gas attack near Damascus was reported. At least 86 people were killed in the attack.

President Trump said Wednesday that relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low" following Syria's use of chemical weapons last week and the US airstrike that followed. We won't get a political solution overnight.

She said that in light of that deal, the Idlib attack was "very embarrasing" for the Russians.

The two did outline some areas of agreement Wednesday.

But in an apparent reversal, Mr Trump said the alliance is a "bulwark of global peace and security". "No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something". "We should be guided by common sense, not emotions".

Lavrov blasted US claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tillerson visited Moscow for the first time after his appointment as USA state secretary.

Russian Federation did not pull any punches with the U.S. during this crucial visit.

But even if there is a definitive finding of Russian complicity, it's not clear the Pentagon or the White House would make that information public, a senior U.S. official said.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said "with this attack, the Syrian regime has plumbed new depths of horror".

The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told a conference call with reporters on Thursday that the tone of the meeting had been "fairly constructive".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a page out of President Donald Trump's playbook by questioning the reliability of USA intelligence reports about chemical weapons usage in Syria.

Western powers, including the United States, blamed the government of Bashar al-Assad of the attack.

It was not the first meeting between the two men.

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